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Analysis: Charges against BP
employees test reach of U.S. statute

Reuters, by Andrew Longstreth

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 11/23/2012 6:16:02 PM

New York - Not all manslaughter charges are created equal. If they were, the U.S. Justice Department might have filed just 11 charges when it brought a criminal case against two BP Plc employees last week, one for each of the 11 deaths in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (Snip) The seaman´s manslaughter statute was first passed by Congress in 1838 after a string of deadly steamboat accidents. The law, which has been modified multiple times since then, was intended to hold captains, engineers and pilots responsible for deaths attributable to their conduct. The idea behind the law was that those

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The seaman´s manslaughter statute: A way to smack at 0bama and his cronies.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 11/23/2012 6:25:24 PM     (No. 9031033)

FTA: "U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan in New Orleans disagreed, ruling that the statute requires only a finding of negligence, which she defined as an "omission to perform some duty" or a "violation of some rule or standard of care, which is made to govern and control one in the discharge of some duty." The 5th Circuit upheld her ruling and the captain´s conviction."

Since 0bama is C-I-C, is he not ultimately responsible for what our Military didn´t do to rescue Ambassador Stevens and the three other men in Benghazi? The same could be said of Secretary of State Clinton. There were plenty of warnings of Al Qaeda activity in Benghazi, that were ignored when our people needed even basic protection while "in-Country.´´ And, that there was no "operating" plan to save them when the terrorist attack began, is negligent, if not criminal by all the government departments following the "live audio/visual feeds" to them.

Is there not a GOP lawyer who can help sort this out?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/23/2012 6:47:17 PM     (No. 9031051)

Interesting case as described. The devil will be in the details. It sounds like a close one.

How unusual were the warning signs? How illogical were the explanations? What accepted standards were violated?

Normally I would advocate just tossing some DOJ lawyers in jail and forgetting the matter.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: right-turn, 11/23/2012 8:00:54 PM     (No. 9031106)

What boat were they in charge of?????
This charge is asinine.

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